I saw a design from Ilaeti the other day which I loved and which I couldn’t really recreate, so this is more of a tribute. I love her nail art, it’s always on point. I’m calling mine Blurred Lines nail art, for the way the lines twist and fade.
Polishes and tools
AEngland Bridal Veil
Cirque Dark Horse
Kiko Nail lacquer thinner
MoYou London The Pro XL 20
Color Club Beyond and Harp On It
Born Pretty Store Clear Stamper
First off, we have to talk about Dark Horse. I love Cirque and this is a beautiful polish, but the formula is awful. Really thick and clumpy and horrible to paint with. That is why I used Bridal Veil as a base (which is also a one coater by the way). That way it didn’t matter so much.
It would have also needed a couple of layers of top coat to level it out, but since I was stamping I skipped that.
- I started with a base coat and one coat of Bridal Veil.
- I added loads of polish thinner to Dark Horse and applied one coat as best I could (see above).
- One layer of top coat to firm everything up before stamping.
- I applied the two Color Club polishes diagonally across the design and scraped across to blend them better.
- Using my stamper I applied the design to my nails, then wiped the plate with an acetone soaked pad. I repeated these two steps for all ten nails.
- Clean up, and a final top coat.
I don’t think I really captured the finesse of Ilaeti’s design, but I still really like it. It isn’t even a traditional summer design but the holo really shows best in bright sunlight anyway!